RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The man who helped direct Apollo 11 to the moon and back is helping the North Carolina Museum of History kickoff its 50th anniversary celebration of the lunar landing.
Gerry Griffin took over as Mission Control flight director in 1968. He had previously worked with the Gemini program after serving as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Griffin, 84, was flight director for all the Apollo Program manned missions – six of those saw men land on the moon.
Griff was 34 when he was named flight director. He said many of the others in the control room were just in their 20s during many of the missions.
He came to Raleigh Thursday as the North Carolina Museum of History opens its “One Giant Leap” exhibit that celebrates the state’s connection to the space race.
Griffin spoke to CBS 17 about what he what it was like to be apart of the Apollo program, where the journey into space will be in 50 years and what moment sent a chill up his spine during the first lunar landing.